Construction Permit
November 7, 2021

You Applied for Your Permit, Now What?

You Applied for Your Permit, Now What?

Applying for a permit is just the first step – a successful permitting process requires continuous engagement.

Follow Up!

Don't be afraid to follow up on your permit. In some instances, your permit will take longer to process than the times that may have been quoted to you. There are a few different ways to follow up:

  • Search for an online permit tracker. Most Building Departments in California have some mode of tracking your permit once submitted.
  • Utilize organizational charts - a quick search for "____ Building Department Organizational Chart" will provide a whole list of contacts who might be helpful to you.
  • If you have been assigned a plan reviewer, contact them directly by phone and email.

When contacting the building department, always include an address and building permit number if you have it.

Escalate Your Case

In extreme situations where you don't hear back from the department for weeks at a time and no one is returning your calls, escalation can be the final factor in getting an answer. Using the Organizational Chart, find the contact for the manager of the plan review department. Place a call and an email if necessary citing your application number and date of submission.

Post Your Job Card and Prepare for Inspections

Understand what needs to be posted and kept at the job site. In most cases you will be issued a Job Card to display onsite and a stamped set of plans to keep for inspections.

Understand how to book inspections, whether it's online or by phone.

Street Space

In densely populated areas like San Francisco and San Jose you will likely need to apply for a street space permit. These can take weeks to process, so ensure you apply as soon as your permit is issued. If your project is in a low-density residential neighborhood, it's likely you will not need a street space permit.

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